It's no wonder that cheap flights to Corsica are in such demand, this sublime Mediterranean island, quietly tucked between France, Italy and Sardinia (its southern island neighbour), has been a hideaway haven for much of its history. It is Corsica's beauty that will have you smitten at first – pine-scented forests rambling over wild limestone mountains, fringed by vivid beaches straight off the painter's palette. But it’s the proud, spirited folk that call Corsica their home that will win you over. From the moment you step out of the small terminal at Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport (AJA), you'll be swept up in a warm welcome that will have you wanting to come back long after your flight home.
Despite being pretty unknown as a holiday destination in the UK, you'll find airfares to Corsica follow similar patterns to those of nearby Mediterranean destinations in France and Italy. So, if you're really after a cheap ticket to Corsica with a good serving of sunshine and beaches, you're best off looking at the shoulder season months: April, May or September. Of course, you won't save as much money then as you would by flying out in the winter months. Though, if you're more keen on days spent delving into Corsica's hidden historic gems or tantalising cuisine, than spending time lapping up the sunshine, you could make big savings by coming in those cooler months.
Summer is simply the best time to enjoy Corsica's beach resorts. You'll find its white sandy beaches, shimmering pools and pulsing clubs thrumming with visitors from the 'mainland' (France) during July and August. But inland, it'll be quieter, and you'll get a chance to share wonderful cool, shaded plazas and the warmth of new friendships. If you're coming here to hike or bike through Corsica's abundance of natural wonders, then spring offers a spectacle of fresh-scented colours. In September, rural Corsica goes back to its traditional roots with the uplifting ancient celebration of Fiera a Santa di U Niolu, in Casamaccioli.
You can get flights to Corsica's main airport – Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte – from most major airports in London, the Midlands and Scotland. Most connect to this French island via a transfer in France, completing the final leg with Air France. But Thomsonfly offers direct routes into Bastia (its capital), as does easyJet and Germanwings.
There's no doubt that Corsica's pleasures are deeply sensual – from the vibrant colours splashed out on its coastline, to the rich hearty scents of civet de sanglier, the island's famed boar casserole. But it's also an island ready-made for fun, with crystal clear waters, small town boutiques and amazing beach bars, and that’s without mentioning the history that leaps from the prehistoric menhirs of Filitosa or the Genoese splendour of the capital Bastia.
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